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1 Georgia s HOPE Program

2 Agenda HOPE Program Overview HOPE Scholarship Zell Miller Scholarship HOPE Grant HOPE GED Grant Dual Enrollment 2

3 HOPE Overview HOPE - Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally - is Georgia's unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities and public technical colleges. HOPE Program HOPE Scholarship Zell Miller Scholarship HOPE Grant HOPE GED Grant 3

4 Giving HOPE September 1993 through July 2013 Students Amount Awarded University System 753,507 $4,534,452, Technical Colleges 914,247 $7,656,757, Private Colleges and Universities 168,361 $732,642, Totals 1,836,115* $6,923,852, NOTE: A total of 344,501 GED recipients have qualified for a HOPE GED Grant for the time period above. Of this number, 86,578 have utilized the HOPE GED Grant to attend public or private postsecondary institutions, totaling $43,161, The TOTAL FOR ALL SCHOOLS student count includes HOPE GED Grant recipients. * Students who transfer to another eligible institution are duplicated in this count. 4

5 The Future of HOPE HOPE Scholarship Zell Miller Scholarship HOPE GED Grant HOPE Grant 5

6 The Future of HOPE The award amount will be set each year by the Governor and the General Assembly. Students and parents should monitor the HOPE program award amounts so they can plan for their share of college expenses. GSFC recommends parents, grandparents and other family members consider opening a Path2College (529) savings and investment account and save whatever amount they can afford to assist with future college costs. 6

7 The HOPE Program Basic Eligibility U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen Georgia resident Graduated from a HOPE eligible high school Graduated from a HOPE eligible home study program Attending a University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia postsecondary institution Attending an eligible private non-profit postsecondary institution or an eligible private proprietary (for-profit) institution 7

8 HOPE Scholarship Eligibility 3.0 HOPE GPA Core curriculum courses GSFC must receive a letter or numeric grade for each core course in order to calculate HOPE GPA 8

9 HOPE Scholarship Rigor Requirements Credit Courses Needed # of Courses 0 Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of

10 HOPE Scholarship Rigor Requirements Advanced math Advanced science Advanced Placement (AP) courses in core subjects International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in core subjects Dual credit courses in core subjects taken during Dual Credit Enrollment at an eligible postsecondary institution Core courses taken at University System of Georgia institutions Advanced foreign language 10

11 HOPE Scholarship Award Amounts Georgia public institutions Portion of standard tuition Award amount chart available on GAcollege411.org Georgia private institutions Full-time student $1,854 per semester (summer, fall, spring) $1,236 per quarter (summer, fall, winter, spring) Half-time student $927 per semester (summer, fall, spring) $618 per quarter (summer, fall, winter, spring) 11

12 HOPE Scholarship Award Amount Example School Name Savannah State University Per Hour Rate # of Credit Hours $ $ $ $ A complete chart of participating institutions and award amounts available on GAcollege411.org. 12

13 HOPE Scholarship Maintaining HOPE 3.0 GPA at checkpoints Checkpoints End of every spring semester/quarter 30/45 attempted semester/quarter hours 60/90 attempted semester/quarter hours 90/135 attempted semester/quarter hours Students can only regain the HOPE Scholarship ONCE 13

14 Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Valedictorian or salutatorian OR Must meet basic HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements 3.7 HOPE GPA Core curriculum courses Rigor requirements Test requirements 1200 SAT combined score Critical Reading & Math 26 ACT composite score 14

15 Zell Miller Scholarship Award Amounts Georgia public institutions Full standard tuition for current academic year Georgia private institutions Full-time student $2,000 per semester (summer, fall, spring) $1,333 per quarter (summer, winter, spring) $1,334 fall quarter Half-time student $1,000 per semester (summer, fall, spring) $666 per quarter (summer, spring) $667 per quarter (fall, winter) 15

16 Zell Miller Scholarship Maintaining Zell Miller 3.3 GPA at checkpoints Checkpoints End of every spring semester/quarter 30/45 attempted semester/quarter hours 60/90 attempted semester/quarter hours 90/135 attempted semester/quarter hours Students can only regain Zell Miller ONCE May still be eligible for HOPE Scholarship 16

17 HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships Students lose eligibility due to one of the following: GPA requirement not met (3.0 for HOPE; 3.3 for Zell Miller) Reaching maximum attempted hours 127 semester 190 quarter Failing to use funds within seven years of high school graduation or equivalent Exception to military service time Receiving a bachelor s degree Receiving first professional degree 17

18 HOPE Grant Eligibility High school GPA and/or test scores not considered Enrolled in a certificate or diploma program High school graduation not required Award Amount Portion of the standard tuition Award amount chart available on GAcollege411.org 18

19 HOPE Grant Maintaining HOPE Grant 2.0 GPA at checkpoints 30 paid semester hours 60 paid semester hours 45 paid quarter hours 90 paid quarter hours Students lose eligibility due to one of the following: 2.0 GPA requirement not met Paid hours 63 semester 95 quarter Received a bachelor s degree 19

20 HOPE Grant Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) New grant program for Fall Term Created to help students enrolled in certain high-demand certificate and diploma programs at Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) schools pay for their education Eligibility requirements same as for HOPE Grant Early Childhood Care/Education Commercial Truck Driving Practical Nursing 20

21 HOPE Grant Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Awards are a fixed amount per term based on the program of study and the number of hours enrolled SIWDG is not available to dual enrollment students Approved programs and award amounts available on GAcollege411.org Program of Study Enrolled Hours Award Amount Commercial Truck Driving Early Childhood Care/Education 9 or more $1,000 (one term only) 9 or more $500 per term Practical Nursing 9 or more $500 per term Early Childhood Care/Education 8 or less $250 per term Practical Nursing 8 or less $250 per term 21

22 HOPE GED Grant Eligibility Must be a Georgia resident for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term If not a Georgia resident on the date of the GED, must be a Georgia resident 24 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the school term Award Amount $500 voucher Expires 24 consecutive months after receipt of award Per 2013 legislation, if a GED is awarded while the student is incarcerated, the voucher expires 24 consecutive months after release from incarceration 22

23 Dual Enrollment ACCEL & HOPE GRANT FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT 23

24 Dual Enrollment Dual Enrollment Opportunity for students to earn credit hours toward a certificate, degree or diploma while they meet their high school graduation requirements Accel or HOPE Grant for Dual Enrollment 24

25 Accel for Dual Enrollment What is Accel for Dual Enrollment? Opportunity for students to earn credit hours toward an associate or bachelor s degree while they meet their high school graduation requirements State-appropriated funding Eligibility U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen Georgia resident Students can be eligible in 9 th grade Attending a University System of Georgia (USG), Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or private postsecondary institution 25

26 Accel for Dual Enrollment Applying for Accel List of courses found on GAcollege411.org High school counselors must approve course selection Students must be admitted into the postsecondary institution Award Amount Public: Full standard tuition for current academic year Courses taken prior to Summer 2011 Counted towards HOPE paid hours Courses taken from Fall 2011 beyond NOT counted towards HOPE paid hours Private: Hourly amount up to a maximum of $4,000 for fulltime enrollment per academic year 26

27 HOPE Grant for Dual Enrollment What is HOPE Grant for Dual Enrollment? Opportunity for students to earn credit hours toward a certificate or diploma program while they meet their high school graduation requirements Eligibility Georgia resident U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen Attending a TCSG institution Award Amount Portion of standard tuition Lottery-funded 27

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